Shared values are at the core of professional drag racer Steve Torrence’s announcement Monday that he is entering into a strategic partnership with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. Torrence’s goal is to increase awareness of the non-profit, which was founded by Chris’s wife Taya to carry on Kyle’s vision.
“Chris was all about God, family and country,” Torrence said. “He was passionate about those things and so am I. The fact that we’re both Texans and that we shared a love of the outdoors and of properly-used firearms made this association a no-brainer.
“I just wish Chris was here to see his dream of helping the families of military members and first responders coming true through the efforts of his wife and the foundation.”
Kyle, a Navy SEAL who served five tours of duty in Iraq, became the most decorated sniper in American military history. He was shot and killed at a shooting range in 2012 by a fellow veteran he was counseling at the request of the man’s family. Kyle wrote the book American Sniper, the inspiration for the blockbuster movie. A second Kyle-written book, American Gun, was completed by Taya and released after his death.
Torrence, a four-time winner on the NHRA pro tour, will debut a Chris Kyle Frog Foundation version of his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster when the Mello Yello Series moves to Houston this week (April 24-26) for the 28th annual O’Reilly Spring Nationals, one of the circuit’s two Texas stops. The foundation’s frog logo will be prominently displayed on the 330 mile-per-hour race car as well as on crew uniforms.
The foundation’s immediate goal is to fund a series of “Revitalization Retreats” for married military and first responder couples after deployment — opportunities allowing them to get to know each other again while adapting to changes that occurred during their time away from the family unit.
“Our military and first responders serve bravely, but they are struggling on the home front,” Taya Kyle explained. “Nearly three in four married veterans are likely to have had family problems after deployment and half say (their military service) had a negative effect on their marriages.”
“The experiences provided by the foundation are designed to give veterans an opportunity to re-connect with their spouses and remember what they love about one another,” she said. “Trees without roots fall over and sometimes those roots need re-generation. That’s what we’re here for.”
“It’s an honor for me and the team,” Torrence said of the association. “It’s a wonderful cause I know our fans will support. The military is a brotherhood and so is drag racing.”